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REACHIN’ Kingsday 2021

Kingsday, the most orange day of the year. A day that we celebrate to the fullest. We celebrate the birthday of none other than former Prince Pils (beer); our own King Willie. Normally, we would do that on festivals and in the pubs, but unfortunately we are stuck celebrating at home this year once more. So if you are celebrating from home, then at least make it a good one.

For Kingsday 2021 we bring the party to your living room. Five friends of the brand, all DJ’s, dropped by to play the plaster of our walls for hours on end. The talent they possess is awesome. Of course all of this happened while adhering to the appropriate distance and corona-measures. All of this to provide you with hours of mixtapes and celebration.

These are our five talents for this year’s Kingdsay.

Zachte Baas

Who are you? Where does your stagename come from?

My name is Martin ter Braake. I’m 36 years old and even though I grew up in Assen, I’ve come to identify myself as a ‘true’ Groninger. These days I perform as Zachte Baas or Battage. When I started spinning records some 11 years ago, I performed under the name Harde Baas. That name came into being when I was on tour with a band in Denmark where someone told me: “you’re truly a Harde Baas!” (hard – boss). That name stuck, it started as a nickname and later it became my stagename. Over time I made music a bit less so I dropped the name Harde Baas and I continued producing techno and house under the name Battage. Because I also want to play other genres of music, I have taken on the name Zachte Baas (soft) since some of those other genres are bit calmer.

Zachte Baas during his set

Why did you start making music?

When I was 14 I started playing the drums and I played in bands for years. Around the time I was 24 I discovered raves and houseparties and I was sold immediately. The bands I used to play in had already split up and I thought to myself that as a drummer you should have enough sense of rhythm to become a DJ. A friend of mine, Bojan, organised parties and he borrowed me his DJ- set. One month later I was spinning records at one of his parties as Harde Baas. The reason I started working with music when I was 14, was because it served as a creative outlet and I still experience that feeling to this day as a DJ.

Who or what has inspired you?

In electronic music three artists have been a huge inspiration to me. When I had just discovered houseparties it was Dr Lektroluv who blew me away with his raw sound. The biggest inspiration in the field of sound I’m most into now, is Stephan Bodzin. The connection I feel with his minimalistic sound in house and techno developed in the Simplon when he performed there in 2008. Max Cooper is someone I consider to be an unrivalled force in the field of production and he is definitely someone I deeply admire. His music strikes me to the core and it never bores.

What is the best venue you have performed at and why?

Without a doubt that has to be Simplon. It’s the perfect location for good, sweaty parties; black colors, low ceiling, good lighting and amazing sound. I celebrated my birthday there for a couple of years in the form of birthday-bashes and I even managed to book Stephan Bodzin and Max Cooper, which definitely was a dream come true at the time.

Name four artists that have influenced your taste in music.

I mostly choose my own music now. I listen to a lot of new releases and scour the internet continuously. Over the years the music I play has become broader than it was before. I’ve always had a great fondness for pop, soul, hiphop and r&b and I try to blend those genres in my sets as Zachte Baas. Similar to my set we recorded for Four by Four/ Reachin’. I actually believe that any artist can inspire me. I listen to a lot of sets by local DJ’s on Relate Radio and I come across a lot of cool, new stuff there as well.

Tiben

Who are you? Where does your stagename come from?

My name is Ruben Tiben. I’m 33 years old, originally from Emmen and I’ve been making music for a few years now. My stagename is TIBEN. Actually, people have always called me by my last name so I haven’t been really creative when it comes to my stagename, haha. I also spin records together with a friend of mine under the name FLUX. This stems from the term Fluxcapacitator. For the experts among us, this is the machine in the DeLorean from Back to The Future which lets you travel through time. We thought that was fitting for our style because it ranges from 70’s disco to contemporary house and everything in between.

Why did you start making music?

I myself am a big enthusiast of house/techno parties and then especially the melodic aspect of it. I was always fascinated in what DJ’s were doing so you could always find me front and center at the stage watching what they were doing. It was always a secret dream of mine to play my own music. I collect a lot of music and I really enjoy sharing this with others. That’s why I now also enjoy performing at parties instead of only partying.

Who or what has inspired you?

Naturally, all the great DJ’s who performed at parties and festivals I visited. But in the end it was a close friend of mine who inspired me to start playing myself. Sander Janssen (DJENSEN) wanted to replace his old DJ-controller (PIONEER DDJ-SR) and I took it off his hands. He taught me how to use it. First, we would mostly play at home with friends, but back then Sander was often asked to play in Subsonic and Wolter Wolters. When friends of us were organizing an event they asked us to come and perform. That’s how that duo came into being. He could then still correct my minor flaws because we played with two headphones, haha. After that we were asked more often and we played in the Graanfabriek, for instance. At a given moment people started asking us to play solo. Mainly because we were asked to perfom at Plotsklaps in Simplon and Sander couldn’t make it because he was away on holiday. He now lives in Haarlem so we perform solo more often than as a duo.

What is the best venue you have performed at and why?

It started out as a joke to sign up for We Are Electric Festival, but eventually we were chosen to perfom at the silent disco on the festival terrain one night. This was an awesome experience and many of our friends were there to see it. It may be our worst set ever, yet one that will stick with me forever. Also closing for Mononoid in the Graanfabriek was really nice. There are some cool videos of that performance where you can see us jumping on the music behind our tables, haha.

Name four artists that have influenced your taste in music.

This changes every month for me, I think. But Kamma & Masalo are a big influence at the moment because they are able to combine old funk with house very well. Daft Punk, because that funky electro sound inspired me to listen to electronic music. Carl Cox with his legendary status and my fond memories of Awakenings. And BICEP with the contemporary rock-hard productions. OK, I have one more. The style that I get inspired by the most, is Detroit Swindle, these days more commonly known as Dam Swindle. Of course, there are many more that have inspired my taste in music next to the ones I just mentioned.

Cooper

Who are you? Where does your stagename come from?

My name is Jacob Kuiper, I’m 32 years old and I’m from Groningen. My stagename is Cooper, Cooper is the English word for ‘Kuiper’. I started out as bricklayer, but right now I work as a designer in front of screen. Every now and then I also have some time to spin a few records.

Why did you start making music?

I’ve always had a great affinity for music, especially in the soul/disco corner. I’ve only recently started playing as a DJ, sort of like a pastime during lockdown. Once you start it becomes extremely difficult to stop so it’s nice that I can do it for real this time.

Who or what has inspired you?

Where to begin? Music that I was first introduced to and that really inspired me were artists/ groups such as Kool And the Gang and Earth Wind & Fire. I was around 12/13 back then. Over the next few years I started to invest more time in music. I started downloading a bunch of music on p2p sites, such as Napster and Kazaa, just so I could listen to a lot of good music. That’s also the reason why I have gained extensive musical knowlegde. These last few years I’ve been digging more into the lesser known tracks of good artists to see what else the world of music has in store. I can tell you, man, it’s a never-ending journey! Artists that have inspired me to start playing are artists such as Breakbot, Ziggy Phunk, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Folamour. The fact that they can throw a great party using old funk, soul and disco is so inspiring. Especially since those genres of music were stigmatized as being kinda old and stale.

What is the best venue you have performed at and why?

I haven’t had the best venue yet, given that I’ve only just started playing during the first lockdown. But of course I cannot forget about this set, one that I was proud of to play for y’all. Although I hope to perform in cool venues in the future, it’s still more a hobby for me right now.

Name four artists that have influenced your taste in music. Breakbot, Chic, Fleetwood Mac, Fun Loving Criminals.

DJ Samski

Who are you? Where does your stagename come from?

My name is Sam, I’m an OG (Original Groninger) and I’m 23 years old. I’ve been called Samski since I can remember. At some point this happened because I had to come up with a username for Hyves. People used to call my father Adamski and together we came up with Samski.

Why did you start making music?

Music has always been a big part of my life. Besides the fact that I listen to a lot of music, I’ve also been a drummer since I was 10. I also played the guitar for a while. After me and my then girlfriend split up I began producing and playing house music. Soon I’ll drop my very own first tracks!

Who or what has inspired you?

In the housemusic scene I consider Franky Rizardo, ANOTR, Toman and Sidney Charles to be my role models. After I saw Franky Rizardo, Sidney Charles and ANOTR perform live I thought to myself: That’s what I want! Additionally, I like to listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and other old school rock and hiphop artists.

What is the best venue you have performed at and why?

I only recently started DJ’ing when Corona came around the corner so I have hardly been able to perform anywhere yet. Performing at Stadslab was dope despite the fact that it was an indoor terrace due to Corona. Though the illegal houseparties with 60 halfnaked students takes the cake right now!

Name four artists that have influenced your taste in music?

As I previously mentioned; Franky Rizardo, ANOTR, Toman and Sidney Charles.

deejayhummingbird

Who are you? Where does your stagename come from?

My name is Humbert Tutuarima, I’m 60 years old and I’m from Groningen. My stagename is deejayhummingbird because I feel this name comes closest to my own name. Since there are more DJ’s who perform under the name Hummingbird, I’ve chosen to only use lowercase letters. I’ve also chosen not to use the abbreviation DJ, but instead to write it in full. I write my name as one word to kind of distinguish myself from other DJ’s who have similar stagenames.

Why did you start making music?

The reason I started is purely because of my love for it as I’ve always been hugely interested in music. I also had a huge collection of vinyl/LP’s and CD’s. During the 80’s/90’s I used to make a lot of mixtapes on cassette-tapes that mostly contained good jazzrock, mostly instrumental though. I would also often do this for friends and family. A little while later I got asked a bit more to perform at parties due to my taste in music. A serious interest in perfoming only happened after I was able to tear the roof off every Friday night with my choice of music while I was a manager at De Pintelier in Groningen. The music I played ranged from pop to Dutch music and disco to rock music.

Who or what has inspired you?

In 2001 I went on holiday to Empuriabrava in Spain where I met a Scot and an Australian through a friend who lived there. I joined these two gents to a houseparty in a castle near Gerona. A DJ was performing there who, among others, played records of the label ‘Naked Music’. The DJ was performing in the courtyard. Standing on top of one of the castle towers I could see exactly what records the DJ was playing. The whole atmosphere was amazing, the entire castle was packed and the awesome lighting and huge air-filled balloons made for spectacular staging. On top of that, it was in the middle of summer which meant it was around 20°C. Amazing!

When I got back from holiday I knew for sure that I wanted to start performing. I already knew some people who were DJ at the time and with some help here and there I was able to borrow two Technics tables from one of those DJ’s. From another acquaintance I could borrow a mixing panel and that’s when I started. Through them I also got to practice with Pioneer MK 1000 CD- players. From then on my CD collection with housemusic grew significantly as time passed. I also started buying 12 inch vinylrecords. Defected and Naked music were the first labels I bought music from, with DJ’s such as Masters at Work, Miguel Migs, Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Tom Middleton, Joey Negro and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

What is the best venue you have performed at and why?

The best place I have performed has to be near Gouda. After a wakeboarding event a friend of mine, who was an ambassador of O’Neill’, asked me to come and perform on the party after the event. I was the only DJ present that night and I stood on a high stage. In front of me I could see a windmill standing at the far end of a small spit of land. It was 24°C, about 500 people standing on the grass in front of me and a large number of boats approaching, dropping anchor at the banks and the dock. What made all of this even better was the sunset. I’ll never forget that moment.

Name four artists that have influenced your taste in music.

I have a lot more than four artists who have influenced my taste in music. It used to be artists such as Steely Dan, David Bowie, The Allman Brothers Band, Earth Wind & Fire, Dave Grusin/Lee Ritenour, Jeff Lorber and George Michael. The DJ’s that inspire me are, among others, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Miguel Migs, Karizma and Atjazz.

All the mixtapes are specially recorded for you, allowing you to enjoy them, safely, at your own leisure. You can find them on our Soundcloud page and our Youtube channel. So honor Prince Pils, pop a cold one and enjoy! Cheers!

Written by Lars Meijer